BELLS OF PEACE to sound across America

Faith United Church children to ring bells Sunday

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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 1:45 pm | Updated: 2:38 pm, Wed Nov 7, 2018.

The World War One Centennial Commission, along with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, encourage American citizens and organizations, across the entire country, to toll bells in their communities 21 times at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11  – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The 21 tolls of the bell symbolize the nation’s highest honor — the 21-gun salute.

At 11 a.m. Sunday morning, retired Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, who served as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011, will oversee the bells tolling 21 times at Washington’s National Cathedral in honor of those lost during World War I, according to Betsy Anderson, a spokesperson for the World War One Centennial Committee.

The children at Faith United Church in Creighton will ring their bells Sunday morning, according the the Rev. Bev Heib.

Individuals also can participate, by going to the commission’s website, and downloading the Bells of Peace app.

World War One took place between July 1914 and November 1918, and was one of the deadliest conflicts in world history. More than nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a result of the war. The United States officially entered the war on April 6, 1917. Some 4.7 million Americans stepped forward to serve in uniform during the war, two million of them were deployed overseas to fight, and 116,516 of them never made it home.

The war ended by an armistice agreement between the warring countries at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

Armistice Day was supposed to mark the end of the “War to End All Wars.” It is now called Veterans Day as Americans honor the veterans of all wars and conflicts. In the 100 years since 1918, U.S. service members have fought in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and operations from Desert Storm to Lebanon to Grenada and Panama. Currently, American service members are serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

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